Levy ‘plans to put ground staff to use on his private estate’ amid coronavirus

first_img4TOTTENHAM chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly considering plans to put Spurs’ ground staff who have not been furloughed to work on his private estate during the coronavirus pandemic.The ground staff are continuing to maintain the pitch at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but do not need to prepare it for match days with the Premier League suspended indefinitely as the COVID-19 bug continues to sweep the globe.4 Daniel Levy is reportedly considering plans to put Spurs’ ground staff who have not been furloughed to work on his private estate during the coronavirus pandemic⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesSpurs’ groundsman are also enjoying a lessened workload at the training ground in Enfield, which is also shut as players and the rest of the public self-isolate.According to The Telegraph, Tottenham chief Levy is planning on using the ground staff to work at his private Hertfordshire estate.However, Spurs insist he would pay for the private use of the staff himself rather than coming off the club’s payroll.It comes as Levy and the Premier League giants came under fire for going ahead with 20 per cent wage cuts for their 550 non-playing staff during April and May, with around half being furloughed.It means the British government will pay 80 per cent of their salaries despite the extraordinary riches in England’s top flight.Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle who is worth around £2.3billion, was the first to make non-playing staff furlough before Spurs and European Champions Liverpool followed.However, after facing major public backlash runaway league leaders Liverpool reversed their decision.Levy and Spurs face the wrath of the public again after it emerged manager Jose Mourinho could face a police warning after he was spotted taking a training session on public parkland yesterday.4Most read in football THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Pictures appeared to show the Spurs boss doing drills with three players on Hadley Common in North London.An online video showed Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon jogging around the same park much closer together than the government’s recommended two metres apart.SunSport understands one of the players was £65million record signing Tanguy Ndombele.4 Spurs stars Sanchez and Sessegnon run side by side in parklandGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealTottenham stars Sessegnon and Sanchez ‘jog side-by-side together in London amid coronavirus social distancing warnings’last_img read more

Louie Gonzales promoted to La Salle head coach

first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Veteran coach Glen Capacio will be Gonzalez’ right hand man.Gonzalez was Ayo’s head assistant for three years starting in 2015 when they steer  Letran to the NCAA title then followed it up with the UAAP championship in 2016. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach Louie Gonzales. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle didn’t need to look far for the replacement of Aldin Ayo as the latter’s head assistant was immediately thrust into the head coach’s chair.Louie Gonzalez will replace Ayo, who bid La Salle goodbye Tuesday night to make hi departure official, as the new head mentor of the nine-time UAAP champions, according to reports.ADVERTISEMENT As Spin.ph reported, La Salle backer Danding Cojuangco appointed Gonzalez in a meeting at the office of San Miguel Corp.READ: Ayo bids La Salle goodbye, hints at differences in handling teamFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGonzalez also shared on his Facebook account a post from Archers’ Clubhouse about the meeting.“At a meeting at the San Miguel Corporation last Friday evening, patriarch Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. has appointed coaching duties to Louie Gonzalez,” said the post. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback No Hayward, no Thomas, plenty for Celtics, Cavs to play for MOST READcenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Observer Publisher Pays Courtesy Visit to New EU Ambassador

first_imgDaily Observer publisher and managing director Kenneth Y. Best yesterday paid a courtesy visit to newly assigned European Union Ambassador, Madam Tiina Intellmann.The invitation extended to Mr. Best by the Ambassador allowed the two to share views on the media landscape of Liberia.Mr. Best, reacting to some concerns raised by Ambassador Intelmann, informed her about the level of newspaper readership as compared to radio listeners.Accompanied by the Observer’s Diplomatic Correspondent, Joaquin Sendolo, Mr. Best told the Ambassador that Liberians and foreign residents receive news and information mostly from radio stations in the greater Monrovia area and around the country.  There are over 35 radio stations in Montserrado County alone, where the capital, Monrovia, is situated.In her Annual Message to the Legislature and the Nation yesterday afternoon, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said there were overall 80 radio stations in the country.  These include community and other radio stations in all the 15 counties.In addition to radio, he said, many Liberians also get their news from the Internet, where quite a few of the country’s online newspaper editions can be accessed. The Ambassador was curious to know how many Liberians have access to the Internet.  She seemed surprised to learn that far more people have this access than can be imagined.  Why?  Yes, Mr. Best told her, the average man on the street may have no access to a computer, but many cell phones today easily access the Internet, and tens of thousands of men, women and children can be seen anytime of the day or night with cell phones to their ears.In the late 1980s and until the war the Daily Observer alone had a daily circulation of between 15,000 to 18,000.  The newspaper suspended circulation in June 1990, when the war intensified and it became almost impossible to do any kind of sustained business.  Since its reappearance in 2005 the newspaper, like all the others, has been struggling to increase circulation, but this  has been difficult for many reasons.  Foremost among them is that even though Monrovia, the capital, is overcrowded, most of the people on the streets can neither read nor write, so they don’t buy newspapers.  Secondly, circulation up country has been seriously hampered by bad roads.  He said unlike the 1980s when transportation easily facilitated getting the papers into the interior, the road conditions have restricted not only newspaper circulation, but even the movement of food and other goods.The Ambassador asked about advertising which, she reckoned, was the main source of newspaper revenues.   This is somehow true, Mr. Best replied, though many customers take so long to pay their bills, and some do not pay at all, leaving most newspapers with huge receivables and serious difficulties purchasing supplies, such as newsprint, offset plates, chemicals and managing the high expenditure on fuel and maintenance for their generators.  There is also, of course, the challenge of paying salaries and wages. He said government is the biggest advertiser, but was also for several years the biggest debtor to Daily Observer and other newspapers.In addition to news and information obtained from radio, Mr. Best said, there are scores of provocative and highly popular talk shows, many of which test the limits of free speech and often go overboard, sometimes negatively affecting even the nation’s President.Ambassador Intelmann then asked Mr. Best how he came into journalism.  The Observer publisher said he had studied Agriculture both at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and at Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University).  But all through high school and college he found himself writing for and publishing newspapers and magazines. He graduated from Cuttington with a degree in English and Political Science, not knowing what he wanted to be.  But he got a job at the University of Liberia the very next day after graduation, December 3, 1963 when he was appointed Assistant to the Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Liberia.  For reasons Mr. Best said he could not understand, the Dean, Dr. Richard Bond, from Cornell University, never made a single correction on any draft Best presented to him.  His constant advice was, “Go type it; I will sign it.”  After two weeks Best stopped submitting drafts.  A month later Dr. Bond told Mr. Best, “I will find a fellowship for you to go to Cornell University to study Political Science and return and teach at this university.”  But young Best promptly replied, “Thank you, Dr. Bond, but I don’t think teaching is what I want to do with the rest of my life.”  He had the same answer for repeated fellowship offers from Dr. Bond, and was finally told, “Whenever you make up your mind I will find a fellowship for you to go to Cornell, study Political Science and return and teach at this university.”In March 1964 Mr. Best was called to the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs by the boss, Secretary E. Reginald Townsend, and told, “The President says I must employ you.”“Which President?” Best asked. “How many Presidents of Liberia do you know?”“Oh, you mean President Tubman?”“I thought you knew that.”“How do you figure that?”“You never asked him for a job?”Best replied “No, Sir.”Mr. Townsend became dumfounded and cast his eyes to the ceiling.  He then asked, “You haven’t talked with the President recently?”Mr. Best then narrated how on his graduation day, December 2, 1963, he had spotted the President on campus and later presented to him two copies of the Cuttington Review, Best’s last edition as editor.When the Observer publisher finished telling the story and Mr. Townsend’s response, Best asked Ambassador Intelmann, “Did I take myself into journalism?”“No,” she replied.  “It was destiny.”The Ambassador, in conclusion, said she was glad meeting a Liberian media representative and was going back to Europe to be back in February at which time she would invite the media to a luncheon to fully acquaint herself with the various institutions, their issues and the reporters covering the EU.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Female Lone Star Off to Nigeria

first_imgIn a match to determine the fate of the national U-20 female side, Nigerian soccer fans will be treated to an afternoon of female soccer on Sunday in Nigeria.The Liberian side left the country yesterday evening to honor the encounter on Sunday. The national female side is the underdog, going for the second leg with a heavy 7-1 loss behind them. Playing at home, the Nigerian Falconets will have all the chance in the world to show to their countrymen how they managed to win the first leg with such a heavy margin.Though not much was heard of the Liberian side’s training neither was any of the team’s strategy revealed, it is likely that Coach Chris Wreh and his deputy Oliver Makor are going to the game with one mind: to instruct the players to play as they have never played before.But the question is: on what motivation? And I wish I know since the team’s preparation for the match against the Nigerians was more than attractive.The haphazard nature of the team’s preparation spelled their doom in the first leg and therefore it makes sense for fans to expect nothing less than just playing because they must.And that’s where the only chance is. Playing with their back on the wall, the Liberian female side would be hoping for a miracle to survive the apparent onslaught from their Nigerian opponents.Evidently, Nigeria has had an impressive history in the evolution of the female game, simply because of their seriousness to develop the game. They have never been absent in any of the tournament organized by either CAF or FIFA, and their teams play remarkably well, too.Liberian began to develop the female in the 1980s but political and social issues have dodged our teams that we are still crawling while others are running. But, and here it is a big but: can we learn anything worthwhile from what we did and did not do during the two-leg preparations and their attendant results? May be we will. Interestingly, it was not one of the pioneers of female soccer, Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff (known during her playing days as Lady Zico), but rather it was US Ambassador Deborah Malac, who once made it her duty to inspire our girls to encourage them to play and develop the game. (See accompanied photo above.)So while we are waiting for the result of the game on July 26, which incidentally is Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary, let’s hope that our girls could make some difference on Sunday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img“Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories.”Amílcar Cabral (1924 – 1973) My Africa is a place of great delights, enough to fill the senses. There is land in abundance; not only land, but fertile land. We have a saying that: “Wherever you throw a seed, expect it to grow and produce.” Yet still we import a lot of our foodstuffs and textiles. You’ll find mangoes, plums, pineapples, nuts, and berries growing in such abundance that the fruits either rot on the trees or fall to the ground, and neglected long enough to become compost – yet we do not have factories converting these and many other fruits and vegetables into juice, or dried to be exported. Instead, they are imported from India and other countries. We have enough swamps and other wetlands to grow rice, but we depend on foreign aid to feed us.My Africa is a place of history, too much history. It is a history rich in its diversity. There are stories of revered kings and queens, empire builders, great craftsmen, mystic poets and educators, foreign invaders and settlers who orchestrated massive holocausts. There are great and majestic sceneries, from white sandy beaches along the peninsulas to breathtaking mountains, hills, savannahs, deserts, and faunas to fill the imagination. Sadly, in my Africa, tourism and its promotion is a byword for failure and inefficiency in government enclaves. Cultural heritage sites are left in ruins and stand as great reminders of our material condition.My Africa is still a place of hope; a place where we are encouraged to dream and aim high. We are shown pictures of great leaders from the past. Sometimes they even show us pictures of current leaders. But no one will mention to you that most of them were exploiters who instituted systems of governance and business practices that still have us in the lurch, wretched of the earth in an eternal debt trap to Bretton Woods institutions. Yet still we hope. This hope leads us to become a nation of traders who trade in everything imaginable, even human lives, especially the young. There are not enough jobs so from one end of the cities to the other, you see our people engaged in some sort of trade. Every house has a business on the front porch; even the backyards are not spared. Our city streets have become very small because of petty traders occupying sidewalks and other parts of the roads. So now we walk where the cars are supposed to drive. Yet we hope and dream for a brighter future, a better day and leaders who pay attention to the needs of the people. This hope is all we have. But even with this hope life is still a drag. For this reason, some wonder why dream when the reality in my Africa is so obvious…They tell us to dreamThey say a dream is the substance of lifeThey tell our children to dreamBut how can they dreamWhen they can’t sleepUp all nightWorried about how they’reGonna walk the hot streets With 100 Liberian dollars or 1000 Leones worth of market for their keepIf the children are our futureThen our future looks likeA poor and uneducated low wage earnerThey tell our young men to dreamHow can they dreamWhen they go to bed hungryBecause corrupt government officialsSteal the food out of their platesAnd after four miraculous years ofStaying in and finishing collegeThey either come home joblessOr find themselves under bossesWho are either sycophantsDespotsOld enough to retireUnqualified for the positionOr all of the aboveIf the young men are our futureThen our future looks likeAn old corrupt and despotic sycophantWho is grossly unqualified for the positionAnd is antithetical to the future of LiberiaThey tell our young women to dreamHow can theyWhen all men dream of is sleeping with themGet them pregnantBut have no plans to marry themIf the young women are our futureThen our future looks likeOur children’s futureThey tell our elders to dreamBut they don’t have time to dreamThey worked and worried all their livesFor next to nothingBut still did nothingOnly to die broke and brokenheartedAnd leave us their nightmaresAnd the mess they allowed to happen and continueIf the elders are our futureThen our future looks likeHamburger HillFriday the 13thNightmare on Elm StreetFull Metal JacketCry Freetown andBlood DiamondsOur governments dreamThey have dreams to stamp out corruptionTo improve healthcare and educationTo bring back the rule of lawTo fix all the potholes on our roadsTo have all the gutters in the country clean and runningTo attract foreign direct investmentAnd to stimulate the national economySadlySuccessive governments have slept so muchThey sleep walkNot knowing whether they’re coming or goingIf the governments are our futureThen our future looks like our past and presentI have a dreamThat our children will grow up in homesWhere they’ll be allowed to be childrenTo play, laugh, and learnAllowed to explore whateverTheir little clever minds tell them toWithout being abusedDeprived of liberty and freedomMade to work on farmsPut on the streets to workOr sacrificed to devilsFor their selfish and lazy parents to succeedI have a dreamThat our young men will soar on wings like eaglesInto a perpetual sunset of possibilitiesThat they will take a hold of the political processBe allowed to freely state their opinionsEncouraged to question the status quoAnd where the need arisesTo justly jail any and everyoneWho is a threat to life, liberty, progress, and the pursuit of happinessI have a dreamThat our young women will sit in boardroomsAs ivory pillarsThat women will vote for other womenAnd that we will have successive governmentsHeaded by qualified womenThey haveUnder the harshest of conditionsRun our homesMaybe if given the helm oftenThey’d make a success out of this rich nation yetI have a dreamThat our elders will step out of the way and retireTo some farm far away from the government and business enclavesFor the past 168 yearsAll they’ve done is run the rich country agroundWe have no need for their corrupting inputs and influencesI have a dreamThat governments will have platformsAnd not use the backs of our people as suchThat they will feed the people meat instead of bonesGive our people access into their dealingsThat they will compete at developing the countryWith successive governmentsSurpassing the successes and achievements of previous governmentsThat our people will make a living wageThat education at all levels and health emergencies of any kindBe free of chargeThat we nationalize our economies and review every deal ever made byThis or previous governmentsThat any deals that is against the progress of LiberiaOr against the hopes and wishes of our national developmentBe rendered null and voidI have a lot of dreamsI pray you have yoursAnd live your dreamsWalking them during the day “Seek ye first the political kingdom and all things shall be added unto you.”Kwame Nkrumah (1909 – 1972)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Partners With Spain’s LaLiga For Season Two

first_img0Shares0000Kapenguria Heroes players. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONNAIROBI, Kenya Sep 15 – The second edition of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth football tournament season two has received a major boost after Spain’s top football league, LaLiga offered its partnership.The partnership involves a scouting program that will see certified LaLiga coaches travel to Kenya to search for talented players, both boys and girls, who will make up an all-star team. “We are very excited to be bringing on board LaLiga to add to the already existing partnership we have with FKF for this second season of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom. The all-star team selected will get a chance to attend a 10 day the training camp in Spain and will also play a few friendly games against the world’s best Spanish LaLiga academies”, said Charles Kare, Acting Director, Consumer Business Unit, Safaricom.Just like the first season the tournament will target talented male and female youth aged between 16 and 20 with an aim of developing grassroots football, scouting for talent and propelling gifted players to the national limelight.“When we launched the first edition of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom, we promised to offer young, gifted footballers a platform to showcase their talent. We kept our promise with 13 players from season one getting the chance to join under-20 national team. Several players have also been signed up by the local top leagues for both men and women. We are looking forward to unearthing even more talent in season two”, said Nick Mwendwa, FKF President.Over 1,500 teams took part in the first season of the tournament whose final was held at the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega.The launch of the second season was marked with friendly matches involving reigning Champions, Kapenguria Heroes and Plateau Queens who played Nairobi region champions Gor Mahia Youth FC and Beijing Raiders.“If the talent on show today is anything to go by, then LaLiga certified coaches will be in for a tough time selecting the all-star team that will travel to Spain. We are really excited about this partnership with a leading brand such as Safaricom and we look forward to hosting the young boys and girls who will have been chosen”, said Gregory Bolle, Head of Global Partnerships and Marketing, LaLiga.Registration for tournament will close on 30th September with group games being played countrywide from October 2018.Registration forms are available via the Website (http://chapadimba.safaricom.co.ke/) and from all Safaricom shops and local FKF offices.The top regional teams will qualify for the national finals where the winners in both the men and women categories will walk away with Sh1 Million.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal bounce back to rout feeble Fulham

first_imgHowever, Welshman Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to make it 3-1 eleven minutes from time and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a fourth.Arsenal have yet to keep a clean sheet since beating Huddersfield Town on December 8, but a second win in six matches saw them move on to 41 points two points off the Champions League places.Fulham have shown little sign of a recovery under Claudio Ranieri since he took over from the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic and are second from bottom.The visitors did have their chances early on to break the deadlock.First Fulham captain Tom Cairney sent Ryan Sessegnon clear of defenders with the simplest of passes only for the England under-21 star to sidefoot his shot wide of Bernd Leno’s goal.Then Andre Schurrle hit a dangerous low cross from the left and Sessegnon ran in behind Sead Kolasinac only to miskick with the goal at his mercy.Aaron Ramsey celebrates his goal against Fulham after coming on as a subFulham paid dearly for that miss in the 25th minute as Arsenal exposed the defensive frailties that have blighted their season.Alex Iwobi spotted Xhaka advancing unmarked into the penalty area and flighted the ball into his path.The midfielder had all the time he needed to control the ball and poke it past Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.Arsenal relaxed and created a series of chances, Xhaka and Sokratis having shots blocked, Aubameyang heading wide and Lacazette seeing a shot hit Rico’s trailing leg.A second goal arrived ten minutes into the second half.It was Arsenal at their intricate, quick-passing best.Iwobi, on the left, touched the ball forward to Aubameyang, who saw Kolasinac advancing inside him and rolled it into his path. The defender unselfishly squared for Lacazette to hit the ball past Rico from ten yards.Kamara briefly gave Fulham hope when he made amends for Saturday’s controversial penalty miss at home to Huddersfield — he had insisted on taking the spot kick himself — by arriving at the far post to convert Sessegnon’s low cross.The Gunners, though, put the game to bed 11 minutes from time.Matteo Guendouzi and Kolasinac opened Fulham up down the left, Aubameyang smacked Kolasinac’s low cross against the post and the rebound fell to Ramsey, who shot high past Rico’s left hand.Aubameyang made it 4-1 after 83 minutes when Fulham failed dismally to clear a corner and the Gabon striker’s shot was deflected over Rico by Tim Ream’s attempt to block.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka had set Arsenal on their way with his fourth goal of the season.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 1- Arsenal responded to their thrashing by Liverpool in the best possible manner reeling off a routine 4-1 humbling of struggling Fulham in their Premier League clash on Tuesday.Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka had set Arsenal on their way with his fourth goal of the season. Alexandre Lacazette added the second after 55 minutes with their momentum temporarily halted as Aboubakar Kamara pulled one back after 69 minutes.last_img read more

Mourinho expects Chelsea hero to stay at Stamford Bridge

first_imgJose Mourinho expects Petr Cech to be at Stamford Bridge next season – despite rumours the Chelsea goalkeeper has been given permission to talk to other clubs.The 32-year-old has made only 16 appearances this season following the return of Thibaut Courtois from a loan spell at Atletico Madrid, but the Chelsea boss explained the importance of the Czech Republic international.“I expect him to stay because I’m positive and optimistic, so I would have to say yes he’ll be here next season,” said Mourinho of a player who has been linked with Arsenal and Roma.“I keep on saying the same thing. I want my best players and Petr is one of my best players. I want my important players so I would like him to stay. That’s my position.”However, according to Viktor Kolar, Cech’s agent, the goalkeeper is surplus to requirements at Chelsea and a summer move is likely with numerous parties interested.Cech has been at Chelsea for 11 years and Mourinho remained unsure about the speculation surrounding his back-up goalkeeper’s future.“I don’t know if what his agent is saying is absolutely true, or maybe it is, but the player is contracted to Chelsea and we have a very important say in the decision,” said the Portuguese. 1 Petr Cech last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: EUROPEAN detectives are slowly unravelling the shocking web of dirty deals which has left dozens of local people out of pocket.German police are examining a money trail which started here in Donegal – and goes all the way to the Eastern European mafia.We have learned that highly-trained detectives are tracing bank accounts and properties used to hide money stolen from dozens of Donegal investors. It’s believed the swindler is living it up in a posh mansion in Estonia. Among his victims are two ex-IRA men who are hundreds of thousands of euros out of pocket. One estimate put the figure as high as €1.2M.The scam has rocked Donegal – as well as Tyrone and Derry.Sales staff were well-known and trusted individuals here in the county and they were slowly lured into the scam with massive commissions. The more they sold, the more money they made. It’s thought most of them did well out of the scheme.The so-called Ponzi Scheme is a fraudulent operation that paid returns to separate investors from their own money or money paid by subsequent investors, rather than from any actual profit earned. The Ponzi scheme usually entices new investors by offering returns other investments cannot guarantee, in the form of short-term returns that are either abnormally high or unusually consistent.They always collapse, with some of those behind them making off with the cash.It is similar to one employed in the USA by crook Bernard Madoff who is now serving a 150-year jail term for stealing billions of euro.The Donegal scheme involved the scamsters telling investors that they could get between 10% and 40% on their cash investments in just months.One case we know of involved a man who put in €20,000 and was handed a post-dated cheque for more than €26,500. The cheque bounced eight weeks later. The elaborate ‘get rich quick’ con involved false claims that people were investing in a company approved by Lloyds of London and Deloittes which bought liquidated stock, which was then sold at huge profit. Neither company was actually involved.The man behind the scam is a smooth-talking foreign national who loved the high life, often treating ‘investors’ to fine food and expensive French wines. Premises in several Donegal towns rented by him have been raided by fraud squad officers.He has fled his Donegal home with his wife and children as six different police forces investigate the scam. Accounts containing some monies have been frozen by the German police.One associate told us he is living in a huge mansion in Estonia. We are continuing to investigate a separate ‘savings’ scam which could leave hundreds more people out of pocket.* Thanks to all those who contacted us yesterday via info@donegaldaily.com.INVESTMENT SCAM: COPS ON MONEY AND PROPERTY TRAIL OF MR BIG was last modified: January 7th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crookIRAscamlast_img read more


first_imgTHEY WERE the talk of the nation this week – and now Castlefin couple Tony and Marie Canning have inspired hundreds of people.The retired Garda and teacher wife became the first couple in Ireland to both undergo MPlus lens replacement treatment – allowing them to ditch their glasses for life!Donegaldaily.com has been inundated with responses from people wanting to do the same. Mr and Mrs Canning ditched their 13 pairs of glasses after having the revolutionary new lenses inserted at the Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast.Andrew Spence, a director at the clinic, told us: “We are so delighted for Marie and Tony. What has happened since they told their story is that so many other people like them want to do the same.“If people contact us we can try to help them.”The Clinic can be called on 048 90 322020. HUNDREDS INSPIRED BY DONEGAL COUPLE WHO HAD ‘MIRACLE’ EYE OP was last modified: January 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more